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minutes, pope benedict xvi is expected to board a helicopter and leave the vatican for good. he also said he will pray for them as they choose a successor. joining me now father robert ber rain. and investigative journalnyist and daily beast intruder. 2:00 eastern time, the pope is going to read the first in 600 years to step down. talk to me about his legacy, father. >> part of the interpretation of vatican 2. both he and john paul ii saw their papacies an attempt to interpret vatican too properly. not so much a modernization of the church, vatican ii was an evangelical missionary council. to some degree modernizing to make the church a more apt meaning to that. hence the wide travel for example of john paul ii, hence the great teaching of benedict xvi. i think that's his major legacy. >> they're very different at least in their style and in their i guess pastor abilities in some way, although not very different philosophically. >> this has been a really unsuccessful papacy and the greatest single act of his papacy is that our church is in real trouble and i am not able to cope with the
we are stuck in the stalemate. pope benedict xvi prepares to leave the vatican and his departure is over an hour from now. we will have the latest on his emotional farewell and what happens next in picking his successor. then back at home, the day at the supreme court over a challenge to the voting rights act. two big city mayors from states that could be affected by any changes. >> good morning from birmingham, michigan. it's february 28th, 2013 and this is chuck todd. >> i think you are a spartans fan. i saw green. i hope i'm not wrong. the end of an era to the catholic church. unprecedented in modern times. we are counting down to a pope's retirement. the final hours as pontiff. he spent his last day meeting with cardinals and pledging unconditional obedience to his successor. the arch bishop of new york was in the room and described the meeting on the today show this morning. >> we catholics call him the holy father. the italians call him il papa. to see him fragile and having what i consider to be a remarkably humble and courageous decision, it was very moving and a tender m
. a final farewell to the faithful. pope benedict xvi addressing an enormous crowd in morning in st. peter's square for his final time. we say good morning you. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: good to see you, bill. i'm martha maccallum. what a emotional and historic moment we saw play out today. it has been 600 years since the last time a pope made this decision to step down. more than 150,000 people filed into st. peter's square to be part of this moment to witness it live. pope benedict going along in the pope mobile there. he blessed some of the children in attendance. there is some of that. boy, a lot to unfold. bill: over the next 24 hours, martha, he will be a former pope. 8:00 local time tomorrow on thursday, the pontiff taking, look at those pictures. reflecting on the big moment as his life and his church enter uncharted waters. >> translator: the words that resonated in my heart have been, lord, why are you asking me? it is a great burden that you have placed on my shoulders. but if you ask me, i will accept. certain that you will guide me, even with al
wrong before on the pope. but the pope, mika, why don't you confirm. >> pope benedict is going to be stepping down as head of the catholic church. he apparently made this statement within the past few hours in latin. during a small canonization event saying he doesn't have the strength anymore. once again, pope benedict will be resigning as head of the catholic church. we'll have much more on this story as the details come in. we are told that this will be happening fairly rapidly. >> they're talking about february the 28th. that he'll be stepping down. and of course, it was pope benedict who stepped in and became pope after pope john paul ii, the iconic pope of the 20th century, stepped down. of course, pope john paul ii had been pope since 1979. and so, of course, his impact felt not only in the religious world but also the political world. pope benedict, though, never really, of course, given the chance to emerge from the shadows. and it seems that for a good bit of his time, he was dogged by allegations that came through the child abuse scandal throughout certainly before h
jansing in for tamron hall. following the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the man who will in a minute no longer lead the church. this is his temporary home. we expect to see something that's always followed the death of a pope. the swiss guard both beloved tradition and entrusted with the very real job of protecting the pope will stand down. once he is no longer pope, their job is done. and they will await the election of a new pope. covering this historic event along with me, claudio lavanga is live. also with us, elizabeth lev and father john bartunic, author and priest based in rome. claudio, a crowd gathered as we saw earlier today when the pope came out on to the balcony and saw him publicly as pope for the last time. >> reporter: that's right. that's right, chris. there are still people here to witness that historic moment that will mark the real end of the pontifficate of pope benedict xvi. the church bells started to ring. take a look at you are at that door. the summer residence of the pope. those doors in literally 30 seconds or a minute are going to close down. you can see
efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. >>> pope benedict is shedding the ruby loafers to begin a life of prayer, while lawmakers in washington are praying that tomorrow doesn't sink them from the polls. it's thursday, february 28th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today staff writer for "the new yorker," msnbc political sxlois former dnc communications director the always classy karen finney. i'm going to have to do this for everyone now. msnbc political analyst and executive editor of msnbc.com, our favorite import from the united kingdom, richard wolf, and from bloomberg business week -- look at the corps there -- senior national correspondent josh green. just minutes ago the world saw pope benedict appear for the last time as head of the catholic church. the pope took a short helicopter trip from st. peters basilica to castle gondolpho, a hilltop villa. two hours from now the swiss guard will leave their posts, and benedict will cease to be pontiff. benedict announced his title will be pope ameritus and said he will not return to private life. the last pope to abdicate, 719 years
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. the vatican is in total damage role. two papers claim pope benedict's health is not the reason he's stepping down. they say a top secret reports that he's stepping down because some priests are being blackmailed by male prostitutes. the povatican denies it. out front, barbie from rome, and raymond arroyo. really appreciate both of your taking the time. barbie, let me start with you. you're in rome tonight. i'm assuming the leaks are coming from inside the vatican, but why? what are they hoping to get from this? >> you know, this really is about the next conclave. and all this bad news that comes out, it works very much against the insiders who are in charge of the vatican right now. the hierarchy of the vatican is run by the italians and europeans. they were very much in place under pope benedict xvi when he was cardinal joseph ratzinger. maybe it's time for someone outside of rome, who is not engrained in this culture, mabe it's time from someone from a developing nation, someone else to clean house. >> raymond, a former catholic friar in england spoke to christia christiane amanpour, and w
.s. is determined not to leave syrian rebels "dangling in the wind." >>> when pope benedict steps down thursday he'll take on a new title, benedict will be caused emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor, but britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts the pope changed the rules of their meeting, allen pizzey is in vatican city. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. how soon will the conclave begin? by both law and tradition the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after ben fikt officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible. major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals but they must be dealt with in the view of u.s. cardinal james staff ford stafford who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it means to be despised which in many ways it does mean when they accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that to get people back into the church rebuild i
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
this way. today about 150,000 people packed st. peter's square for pope benedict xvi's final public good-bye. he drove around the square in his popemobile and kissed a handful of babies much to the delight of the crowd and their parents. of course we know the cardinals will meet march 4th to decide the exact date of the conclave that will pick the next pope. let me bring in my guests. thanks to both of you for being with us. >> thank you. and thanks for getting up so early this morning to cover all of this. >> believe me, it was my pleasure. i had father barren with me. we listened to it together. you know, i said this this morning for people who weren't up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. it was a very personal set of remarks from this pope. give us what you thought were the headlines here. >> you mentioned the pope kissing babies. i've been to many of those audiences over the years. he has never done that. in his talk he mentioned that he is the papa, the father of the catholic family. so i saw a line between what he did on the way in and the talk he gave which you're right was very per
emotional hearing later on in the show. >>> meantime, pope benedict got pretty personal and emotional in his public farewell today before tens of thousands packed into st. peters square. look at this. he said the catholic church is passing through stormy seas and said his tenure had difficult times. went to quote him, the lord seemed to sleep. pope benedict said he suffered over his decision to resign which will take effect tomorrow. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and i ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> he left his glass-topped popemobile waving to the cheering crowd, kissing some babies. it was an unusually candid speech from a pope often considered aloof and reserved. our chief international correspondent and anchor christiane amanpour joins me live from rome. christiane, were you surprised by pope benedict's personal message? >> reporter: well, yes, because a lot of people had said he would say prayers and perhaps he might have a little bit of a personal message interspersed because this would be his final general audience. but in fact, th
that's good. and we have a priest that was actually thrown out of the priesthood by pope benedict. so he thinks that pope benedict is run -- running away from sex scandals. and markos is going to be on the show as well. and that should be fun. >> michael: thanks, cenk. glad you are feeling better, and we'll all be watching. >> thank you, michael. >> michael: here are some headlines that people all over the united states might be seeing. public university cuts work study funding. students expected to drop out. no end in sight for airport delays. in two days from now the looming sequester will go into effect. the government can't get their act together and agree on a deal, that's what will happen. joining me now from washington to discuss whether the white house is crying wolf or not is political journalist joe williams. welcome back inside "the war room," joe. >> good to be here. >> michael: is president obama posturing now? or is this real serious sfruf the white house? >> it depennings on who you talk to. but republicans are saying this is posturing but some of t
could be furloughed if those cuts do come down. >> on pope benedict's final week as a member of the catholic church, a string of child sex abuse cases emerge. cardinal roger mahoney of los angeles will be part of the conclave despite damming new revelations about his handling of pedophile priests. then there was yesterday's stunning resignation of a uk leading catholic cleric, archbishop keith o'brien amid accusations of boys studying to be priests, a claim he denied despite stepping down. pep benedict's last day is thursday. he's the first pope to resign in some six centuries. >>> this year's cpac is giving new jersey governor a potential 2016 presidential contender chris christie the cold shoulder. a source close to the conservative political action conference, this is an annual meeting where republicans get together and talk about conservative issues, organizers did not invite christie to the event which is set to happen next month near washington, d.c. one likely reason, christie's praise for president obama's response to superstorm sandy which some say swung the election
benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit on ash wednesday turned church goers into paparazzi. the solemn season of lent in vatican city is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town, benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets, says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will now have two living popes. >> there are lots of stories -- >> reporter: author george weigel is an nbc analyst. >> technically there are not two popes. he ceases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there has never been a bishop of rome for 1700 years. i think he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> reporter: in meeting with rome's priests benedict said once he steps down he will remain hidden from the home and will live in this renovated monastery and c
on the church, we're watching pope benedict's final hours. >> who would you pick? >> this is a crapshoot at this point. it's all over the place. >> african, latin america. >> they could go outside europe, we see african or latin american or the real long shot would be an american but i'm not holding my breath on that one or they're just going to circle the wagons and stay european and who knows? >> this is partly why i love watching all that happens. >> so it's fascinating. congresswoman? >> good for marissa at yahoo!. more power to her. >> that's how she's ultimately judged, not the little things, did you make yahoo! work? if you did, then you're a hero. >> did the stock price go up. >> thanks, guys, appreciate it. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> happening now in "the newsroom," whiteout. >> it's been stop and go for some time now because of the constant snow that we have. whoa! >> chicago socked in, the monster storm stretching from the midwest to boston, paralyzing travel. >>> also grounded. >> 733 -- >> reporter: control
. >>> plus, just released details about what will happen once pope benedict xvi retires later this week. including how he will now be addressed and what happens to his trademark red shoes. >>> but, first, a look ahead at today's politics planner. you know where the president is, but some other big news. senate vote on chuck hagel. speaker boehner has a big meaner today, speech that he's giving. we'll hear from him. john mccain and lindsey graham go to the white house to talk immigration. ♪ looking for a litter with natural ingredients that helps neutralize odors. discover tidy cats pure nature. uniquely formulated with cedar, pine, and corn. [ female announcer ] roc® retinol correxion max. the power of roc® retinol is intensified with a serum. it's proven to be 4x better at smoothing lines and deep wrinkles than professional treatments. roc® max for maximum results. [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ mal
in the square, chanting viva el papa and benedict, benedict. we will zoom in where you can see those with the lights on our apartments of the pope. those lights are on, meaning that the pope is still awake and probably is still packing up. we were told that probably he will take away with him only a number of documents that we would like to have with him when he finally retires in the convent. today is one historic event after the other. this morning the last general that gave the chance to people to see the pope for the one last time here in the vatican and now the pope leaving the apartments. that's also unheard of in the last 600 years. popes left their apartment only after they died. >> the pope has his final tweet today. it said if only everyone could experience the joy of being christian and being loved by god who gave his son for us all. that twitter account will go silent until the next pope. >> yes, it will be indeed. the pope did have a long address today. he said he had many moments of joy, but he had choppy waters. they were meant to be references to the scandal that marr
benedict leaves the papacy we're finding out much more about his future. also what he'll be called. christiane amanpour is standing by in rome. if chuck hagel gets confirm what will his first few days at the pentagon look like. there's new information coming in to "the situation room" right now. [ male announcer ] when these come together, and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together. delicious and wholesome. some combinations were just meant to be. tomato soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse. all set? all set. with spacious seating for up to eight. imagine that. chevrolet. find new roads. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that
for one of the most powerful men in the world. today, pope benedict xvi gave his last address to a general audience as pope. he recounted his eight years as being filled with joy and light, but also moments that were not easy. that was perhaps a reference to the sex abuse scandal that has plagued the church, if you read between the lines. he said the church was passing through stormy seas, but added, god will not let her sink. despite the tremendous vails, raymond royals says benedict's statement was an elegant statement of his abiding faith and humble confidence in god's power. and a note on the pope's last day. i'll be co-anchoring a two-hour special tomorrow that begins at 10:00 a.m. eastern. >>> on february 10th, the vacation cruise was settled dead in the water, but carnival "triumph's" passenger ca wrote and wrote and wrote. she kept a journal as the events on the ship unfolded. this is a lesson to always keep a journal, because six days after she got back on land, she is the self-published author of "triumph over calamity." an amazon spokeswoman tell us this is happening more and mo
entered the equation. >>> up next, pope benedict has officially stepped down and the search can begin for his successor but the church is in crisis and it needs the next pope to right the ship and that's ahead, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. rs on their 401(k) to hidden fees. thankfully e-trade has low cost investments and no hidden fees. but, you know, if you're still bent on blowing this fat stack of cash, there's a couple of ways you could do it. ♪ ♪ or just go to e-trade and save it. boom. ♪ >>> i'm hampton pearson with your cnbc market wrap. an earlier rally faded leaving the dow with a 20-point loss. the s&p ends lower by a point. the nasdaq down 2. >>> the latest read on gdp shows the economic -- the economy grew at a scant 0.1% annual rate by the end of last year, the slowest since the first quarter of 2011. jobless claims dropped more than expected last week and groupon shares are higher after hours after the company ousted its ceo. that's it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. now back to "hardball." ♪ >>> we're back. 85-year-old pope benedict th
formally vacant and we'll bring you the latest on pope benedict's dramatic farewell and the election of his successor. also close to vatican city, john kerry meet with the syrian opposition in rome pledging $60 million in basic assistance, the first american aid to the syrian opposition. >>> and at long last, the house today passed the senate's expanded version of the violence against women act ending 18 months of standoff. every democrat voted for it. 138 republicans somehow had a problem with it. we'll have more on that just ahead. >>> but we begin with the president and congressional leaders set to huddle at the white house tomorrow. the very day that automatic defense and domestic cuts will kick in and still without any solution to the so-called sequester. both democrats and republicans in the senate staged votes to replace the cuts to no avail. but there was plenty of time for republicans to preview their talking points presumably in preparation to toss them at the president tomorrow. >> and how much more money do we want to steal from the american people to fund more government? i'm f
missile. >>> right now cardinals would wait 15 to 20 days after benedict steps down on february 28th. but since there's no funeral to plan and no official mourning people, it could happen earlier. >>> boston's cardinal shawn oo mally is getting traction as a possible successor to pope benedict. the 68-year-old has been very visible as a reformer in the sex abuse scandal. a cardinal who has been banned from public life because of his involvement in the cover-up of that scandal is taking another hit. roger mahoney who used to head the los angeles diocese is eligible to vote but a prominent conservative from italy is now suggesting he stay home. that's a surprise. and so is the left leaning catholic group catholic united. >>> today is the deadline for lance armstrong to come clean about his use of performance hansing drugs to the u.s. doping agency. he could see the ban from cycling reduced. armstrong admits to using drugs throughout his career and told that to oprah winfrey and also claims he's clean now and wants to compete again. we'll be back with more on jansing and co. try fixoden
call police. >>> pope benedict xvi celebrated his last public mass tonight. [ speaking foreign language ] >> he marked the beginning of lent with a mass. he announced his retirement two days ago saying he no longer has the strength to continue his duties. he will be taken to a retreat 15 miles south east of roam. >>> dozens of men and women gathered at the bart station in support of the 11 million undocumented immigrants. they want to make sure families are not torn apart by deportation and calling for a clear path to citizenship. >> a message of the faith community standing with the immigrant community here on ash wednesday and saying enough is enough. this is our opportunity to actually make real change when it comes to citizenship. >> it included the pouring of ashes on the street. they chose the mission district because it is known for making immigrants feel at home. >>> they have agreed to merge. this is a move that will create the biggest airline. the boards voted on the merger today. siting sources close to the morninger. they have been in talks for a year. reports say the ceo of
macfarlane is hosting. it should be funny. >>> about 100,000 packed st. pet peter's quer. pope benedict told the faithfuls he would not abandon the church. i understand there seems to be a new complication involving one of the key cardinals playing a role in choosing a new pope. tell us about the new wrinkle, if you will. >> reporter: it looks like a day doesn't go by without a cardinal being implicated into a scandal of sexual nature. we heard of cardinal mahoney of los angeles and sean brady of ireland being implicated of cover ups. today was the day of cardinal keith o'brien from scotland who is the highest cleric in the catholic church of britain. he is being accused by a number of priests, three priests and a former cleric of inappropriate conduct or inappropriate behavior that is believed to be of sexual nature about 30 years ago. the vatican hasn't reacted to those allegations that were made today. a source goes and says that the pope is being briefed about the new scandal this afternoon. in the meantime as it happened for cardinal mahoney and cardinal brady public opinions against th
of this ends for pope benedict xvi. >> reporter: wolf, you're right. it was emotional for his devotees as he made his final appearance. st. peter's square behind me was packed and the pope came out in his popemobile and there were a lot of waves and st. peter's is behind me and the vatican is where this pope is spending his last night on the throne as pope. tomorrow he will say good-bye to cardinals and then at 5:00 p.m. local time here in rome he leaves the vatican and goes to castel gandolfo. people want there to be some distance between him and the conclave to elect the next pope. the empty seats set in and this interim period before a new pope is chosen. >> there will be an interim pope, acting pope? walk us through that between that and the time that a new pope is elected. >> not really. not formally in that name. there's secretary of state, heads of all of these very different bureaucracies here at the vatican. but is iiss as we know this is leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. as we know, the pope is more than just a religious leader. he's virtually a states man by virtue of t
and the vatican this morning on ash wednesday. pope benedict is conducting his last- wednesday service fifth we will be back with more on the kron 4 morning news in just a minute. so she sees her allergist who has a receptionist susan, who sees that she's due for a mammogram. mary has one that day. that's when she finds out she has a tumor. she has a successful surgery and because her health provider has an amazing connected system, she has her life. i don't know what you have but i have kaiser permanente. kaiser permanente. thrive. >> welcome back to the kron 4 morning news we're tracking a new hot spot on the south peninsula in mountain view. it is on 101 south bound and shoreline and accident not cleared from the traffic lanes is still backing up the ride on 101. >> not only is it affecting the northbound ride and creating a visual hazard. it is slowing the south bound commute as you can see is backed up into redwood city almost to the turn off from the dumbarton bridge. erica. >> here is a quick look at your wednesday forecast. overcast conditions we will see sunshine to the afternoon 60s l
square at the vatican today for pope benedict xvi's final audience. the pontiff talked about his decision to advocate. >> the vatican is rolling the dice on a new pope so to speak. look at moves on boyd, caesar's, las vegas sands and mgm resorts. all significant movers today. new jersey becoming the third state now to legalize on-line gambling behind nevada and delaware. garden state's governor, chris christie. i'm the only man who can block chris christie, frankly. he assigned a bill on tuesday that will include his demands for a ten-year trial period of internet gambling and raising taxes on atlantic city casinos internet winnings to 15%. christie saying, this was a critical decision and one i did not make lightly. gamblers would have to set up on-line accounts with a particular casino. the state division of gaming enforcement will improve final rules and choose a start date later this year. sue? >> ty, julia boorstin is live in l.a. with details on how the new law in new jersey will impact zynga. julia? >> it could be a game changer for zynga as it struggles to have social and mobile g
's the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. a vatican spokesman says he will keep the name benedict xvi, still addressed as his holiness and, take note, you can call him pope emeritus, emeritus pope. got it, moving on. >>> one year today since george zimmerman shot and killed trayvon martin. here is what he told police about what happened that day. >> he said, you're going to die [ bleep ]. >> now he maintains it was self-defense, but martin's parents say he was racially profiling their son. zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. his trial is set to start june 10th. there is also a stand your ground hearing coming up sooner, april 22nd, that could last two weeks. if the judge finds zimmerman is entitled to immunity, there will be no criminal or civil trial. >>> for the first time in three months, a rocket fired from gaza has landed in southern israel. no one was hurt. but that attack fueled more fears of another spiral of violence, like the one that led to a week-long war back in november. the rocket attack today follows the death of a palestinian militant in an israeli prison.
. peter's square for pope benedict's final audience this morning, cheering and waving signs that read "thank you" in italian. anne thompson is live for us at the vatican. and anne, i know the pope gave a reason for why he's leaving. what did he share with the crowd? >> reporter: well, he told them, chuck, it was a very personal address during his final papal audience. usually those sermons are a lesson on religion, but he spoke quite eloquently about his eight years as pontiff and why he was stepping down. he said his eight years had been filled with joy and difficulty and he said at some times, he felt like the lord was sleeping during his eight years. he acknowledged, again, that the reason that he was stepping down was because of age. he fired back at his critics, as much as a pope will fire back, saying that, you know, the critics who said that the pope should not come down from the cross, he said, there are different ways to serve on the cross and that the life that he has chosen of prayer and meditation, that will begin thursday night, that is another way to serve the church. ag
weeks ago for his inauguration, the person who was supposed to give the benediction for his inauguration, louie giglio out of atlanta he had given an anti-gay sermon i think it was 10 or 15 years before, there was this controversy that surrounded that and he ended up pulling out of what is really an honor for a religious leader and instead it was a local episcopal minister from st. john's episcopal church just across lafayette park from the white house who ended up giving the benediction. it's fascinating as you see these controversies that pop up at the moments where sort of politics and religion sort of come in close proximity to each other. >> what do we expect then to hear from the president? our last couple of minutes as we wait for him to come to the podium, we'll see him when ben carson wraps up his remarks. many presidents have come to give their remarks since eisenhower forward. what do they use the platform for? what's the point? >> reporter: it depends. last year it seemed very obvious that he was courting some evangelical voters as he has done over the year and that was an ar
. >>> a new pope before easter? could pop. pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of the month. current rules make march 15th the earliest possible date to pick a new pope but the vet kat says the date could be pushed up if all of the cardinals make it to rome early for a vote. >>> weary passengers from a carnival cruise ship "triumph" today are adjusting to being back on dry land with running water and working toilets. the passengers finally departed the crippled ship early friday in mobile, alabama, the more than 4,200 passengers and crew were then taken to new orleans and elsewhere to rest up and clean up. sandy perry was a passenger aboard the "triumph" and on her way home, joins us by phone. good to have you with us. how are you holding up? >> good. i'm excited to finally be going home. >> i would imagine so. what was the worst part on the ship? >> not knowing what was going on. the communication, the lack of communication was terrible so just not knowing what the next thing was going to be, you know, when the power went out and you know, everything kind of stopped, we smelled the
tell me if this is right or wrong, okay? take a look. ♪ >> pope benedict is stepping down, and the roman catholic church needs a new spiritual leader. could it be you? announcing mountain dew's pope n win contest. check specially marked mountain dew bottles. >> hey, mom, i won! >> plus other great prizes like a pool table and movie tickets. visit mountaindew.com for complete rules. >> good morning, it's thursday, february 21st. welcome to "morning joe." >> it's a big day. >> it is a big day. a live look at times square. inside the studio here, we have msnbc contributor mike barnicle. >> yes? >> are you completely buttoned? okay. whatever. >> have you buttoned everything up? >> i think so. >> it didn't look like it for a second there. msnbc political analyst and visiting professor at nyu and former democratic congressman, harold ford jr. >> we love harold. >> and he's all buttoned up. >> it's the day. >> i know, i'm getting there. i'm getting there. it's the buildup. we also have with us democratic political strategist -- >> oh! >> -- james carville. >> look at this! >> wha
of the weakest people in its care, its children. i think many people who are admirers of benedict and were admirers of john paul ii accept the view that the church should have moved more aggressively. you cannot simply, as the church has done in recent decades, move priests from diocese to diocese in the hopes that somehow or another the problem will go away. i think that the new pope would be very wise, particularly in the west, to speak out and argue that this is entirely a new day and that the church will become more christlike. >> you know, mika, i don't really know -- nobody knows why the pope is stepping down. we can take him at his word. unfortunately, taking the catholic church at its word over the past decade or so on a variety of scandals has not been what journalists should have done. i think some questions have to be asked here. he stepped down, the first pope to step down in centuries. and again, i love the church. i have a lot of connections to the church. and i just -- this is less about the church than it is about reporters and journalists who are covering this story. i thi
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